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Psychotherapy & Addictions Series: EFT for Couples with Addictions

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Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) was formulated in the early 1980s by Drs. Susan Johnson and Les Greenberg. It is usually a short-term, structured approach to couples treatment. EFT is empirically validated and shows that approximately 90% of treated couples report improvement and 70-73% are recovered from distress at follow-up. In a two year follow-up on very stressed couples in relationship distress, depression and parental distress results were stable. EFT is integrative and looks both within and between people, integrating an intrapsychic and interpersonal focus in the treatment. Understanding the personal experience and the process of interaction is key for the therapist as she attempts to guide the distressed couple toward greater flexibility and sensitivity, key components of a secure attachment between people. The EFT therapist must also have an understanding of attachment theory. Knowledge of attachment theory is the EFT therapist’s backdrop for understanding why couples experience the emotional distress they do. Without this, the therapist would have little understanding or language to help couples identify why it is they continue to miss one another at key moments. With attachment theory as our overlay to treatment, it offers the EFT therapist a roadmap to the territory of distress in relationships. As Sue Johnson puts it, It is the therapists “compass to the internal emotional moments and interpersonal dramas, a picture of transforming moves and moments in the process of the shaping of a secure bond and a goal for therapy, not just a conflict containment.”

Learning objectives:
i. Describe the nature and causes of marital distress.
ii. Describe basic Attachment Theory and how it informs working with couples in EFT.
iii. Identify the Three Stages and Nine Steps of EFT.

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